Cryogenic electron tomography reveals the template effect of chitosan in biomimetic silicification

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Leng, B., Shao, Z., Bomans, P.H.H., Brylka, L.J., Sommerdijk, N.A.J.M., With, de, G. & Ming, W. (2010). Cryogenic electron tomography reveals the template effect of chitosan in biomimetic silicification. Chemical Communications, 46(10), 1703-1705. In Scopus Cited 10 times.

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Abstract

 

Chitosan (CS) can mediate the formation of spherical, tabulate, and unique starfruit-like silica in the presence of phosphate ions (Pi). CryoTEM and cryoET were used to examine the CS aggregates in the hydrated state. 3D starfruit-like CS/Pi aggregates were reconstructed, which unambiguously confirmed the templating effect of CS/Pi in biomimetic silicification.